Endogenous cannabinoids, or endocannabinoids, are lipid-based neurotransmitters that your body naturally creates. The two main endocannabinoids are anandamide (a.k.a. the “bliss molecule”) and 2-arachidonylglycerol (2-AG).
Cannabinoids bind to receptors stationed throughout your endocannabinoid system in your brain, immune system, digestive system, and more. These are the same receptors that are activated by THC, the psychoactive component in marijuana.
The good news is that you can stimulate these cannabinoid receptors and support your endocannabinoid system naturally, without getting high! There are aspects of diet, exercise, and general lifestyle that naturally increase endocannabinoid levels.